WACO, TEXAS -- The Mr. Rooter Corp., the all-franchised, full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company, recently recognized its outstanding franchisees and team members during the company ’s international convention in Atlanta, Ga.

Derek Moreland and Mike Kolakovic of the Mr. Rooter of the Greater Toronto Area franchise won Franchisee of the Year honors. The pair also won the Sales Leader of the Year award, an award they shared with Paul and Saunda Kitchen of the Mr. Rooter of Sonoma County franchise in California. The Kitchens also won the Excellence in Leadership award.

Woman of the Year was Janice VanDierman of the Mr. Rooter of the Fraser Valley franchise in British Columbia, Canada, while the Excellence in Mentoring honors were taken home by Boo and Carolyn White of the Mr. Rooter of Bozeman franchise in Montana. Rookie of the Year went to Brent and Mary Avis Way of the Mr. Rooter of St. John’s franchise in Newfoundland, Canada.

Joe Phillips of the Mr. Rooter of North Central Indiana franchise won the Service Leader of the Year award. Technician of the Year was Melvin Thomas of the Mr. Rooter of Houston franchise. Finally, Office Professional of the Year went to Susan Baldwin of the Mr. Rooter of Josephine and Jackson Counties franchise in Oregon.

“These award recipients set high standards for their franchises and exemplify leadership,” said Mary Kennedy Thompson, president of the Mr. Rooter Corp. “They regularly attend and participate in Mr. Rooter events and willingly sharing their ideas and advice with others, making our Mr. Rooter brand even stronger.”

Established in 1970, Mr. Rooter is the largest all-franchised, full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company in the world with approximately 300 franchises worldwide. Mr. Rooter began franchising in 1974 and is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group Inc. Additional information is available at www.mrrooter.com.